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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary also known as The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is situated about 65 kilometers away from Kochi and the nearest town is Kothamangalam located 13 kilometers away from sanctuary. This sanctuary is beautifully located on the banks of the river Periyar. . The sanctuary was advised in 1983 based on a recommendation made by Dr. Salim Ali, world famous ornithologist, many years previously. Dr. Salim Ali described Thattekad in the 1930's as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India, comparable only with the eastern Himalayas. Since then much of the forest has been diverted to cultivation and teak and mahogany plantation but what survives gives a glimpse of the phenomenal bird diversity of the once widespread lowland forests of Kerala. There is a three storied watch tower inside the Sanctuary with two beds, a toilet and a kitchen. No electricity here but there are a few solar powered lamps. A forest department inspection bungalow called Hornbill is located near the sanctuary entrance. There is a dormitory just inside the sanctuary which is ideal for large groups. Accommodation is also available at the PWD rest house near the Bhoothathankett Dam and in lodges in Kothamangalam.